Weekly Stat Pack
USA Today Sports
We are back with another group of statistics that found a way to fly under the radar for the week that was in the NBA. No player is exempt from this collection of far-reaching oddities, pointing out trends that you likely missed in the excitement of watching the games. On days with a full schedule, the top five stats are highlighted, and on days with fewer than five games, I’ll give you a stat from each game. One thing to remember: these stats are current on the day listed. That is, a trend can break as the week progresses, but for that moment in time, the numbers held true.
Without further adieu, the always interesting and never replicated Weekly Stat Pack.
For the first time this season, Ramon Sessions has made at least 12 field goals and 14 free throws over a two game stretch. Oddly enough, he did it in games 42 and 43 this season and his last occurrence was in games 41 and 42 of last season.
Reggie Evans averaged 21.7 rebounds per 48 minutes, yet he has 16 fewer rebounds this season than Anderson Varejao has this month!
The Detroit Pistons are the top offensive rebounding team in the NBA and rank in the top half of the league in limiting their opponents’ second chance opportunities, yet DeAndre Jordan single-handedly had more offensive boards (nine) than the entire Pistons roster (eight).
Andray Blatche has made 19 field goals, 39 points, 26 rebounds, and two blocks over his last two games. Prior to these two games, Blatche has totaled 18 made field goals, 46 points, 23 rebounds, and one block for the month of January.
The 76ers play an exciting brand of basketball and lose tons of games, the ideal combination for their pro-tanking fan base. However, things are not going to change (even if they hit it big in the draft) if they continue to struggle on the defensive end. Not one, not two, but three Wizards scored at least 13 points and made all of their free throws in addition handing out at least five assists and hauling down five rebounds.
The Magic and Nets combine to average five made three pointers from their reserves, yet Mirza Teletovic connected on four by himself tonight.
Players labeled as “guards” by ESPN scored 23 points on 9/36 shooting in the Celtics/Heat game. Rudy Gay, for my money one of the five most inefficient scorers in the league, notched 78.3% more points on 30.6% fewer shots.
Ricky Rubio recorded his third double double on the road this season and his first in over ten weeks.
How good has that Kevin Durant guy been? If he is held scoreless for the final six games of January, he will average 23.9 points for the month … more than Steph Curry averages this season.
As good as he has been, Durant has missed a free throw in ten straight games, his longest such streak since the 2011 playoffs.
Jeff Green scored 39 points and pulled down nine rebounds in an overtime win over the Wizards. The points are nice but not the reason Boston won. The Celtics are 2-0 in games this month when Green misses exactly 12 field goals and 0-11 when he doesn’t.
Paul Millsap set a season high with eight stocks (steals plus blocks) in a victory over the Magic, eclipsing his previous season high of six, which also came in a win over Orlando.
Anderson Varejao extended his streak of games with multiple steals and more rebounds than points to four.
DeMar DeRozan increased his point total while decreasing his shot total for the second straight game.
James Anderson made eight field goals in a victory over the Knicks, nearly matching the total number of made field goals in victories for Anderson in 2014 (ten).
The Lakers are 0-5 this season when professional shot-taker Nick Young attempts at least 20 field goals. Young’s team has lost seven straight 20-plus shot efforts over the last three seasons.
The Trail Blazers won for the 18th time this season when allowing at least 100 points. To put that in perspective, the entire Central Division has won 19 such games.
Boris Diaw very quietly averaged over 28 minutes and shot 70% from the field over the last week. I’m fairly confident that every player becomes more efficient and effective when donning the black and silver (the opposite of what is said about the NFL).
Tobias Harris grabbed 20 rebounds, giving him 58 in his four top rebounding January games. He has totaled 58 rebounds in his other nine games this month.
An amazing 49.4% of the total rebounds in the Pelicans/Pistons game went to one of three players (Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe, or Anthony Davis).
Carmelo Anthony (39 minutes) scored a Garden record 62 points on 23/35 shooting (6/11 from distance) from the field and a perfect 10/10 from the charity stripe on top of grabbing a game-high 13 rebounds. The Bobcats starters (141 minutes) combined for 55 points on 22/44 shooting (2/7 from distance) from the field and 9/11 shooting from the FT line on top of grabbing 15 rebounds.
Kyle Lowry has made multiple three pointers in 11 straight games that weren’t played in Texas, making 37 in the process (he didn’t connect on more than 37 triples in any of his first four NBA seasons).
Terrence Ross’ 51 points might not have as much shock value on the heels of Carmelo Anthony going for 62, but consider that he scored 689% more points than his career average (the equivalent of a 173 point performance for Melo). For what it’s worth, Ross had scored only 30 total points in losses since Christmas prior to this explosion.
The Bucks made six more two point buckets than the Hawks … and lost by 25!
For the ninth straight game, Al Jefferson scored at least 20 points, something he did only eight times in the first 27 games of the season.
Enes Kanter scored 24 points against the Wizards, making 11 of his 13 shots in a dominating effort. He is averaging 21.7 points on 78.4% shooting from the field this month when he plays more than 25 minutes.
Thaddeus Young recorded eight thefts, giving him one fewer steal (44) than assists handed out by Carmelo Anthony in2014.
The Spurs have lost two straight games to the Miami Heat in which Tim Duncan makes all of his free throws. They are 10-1 in such games this season (not played against Miami).
The Lakers haven’t won a game in which Jodie Meeks makes at least four three pointers since December 6th (six straight defeats).
In his last road game, Jeff Green made eight three pointers (8/16 against the Wizards). In his last nine home games, Green has made eight three pointers (8/44).
Five of the eight players in the Suns/Cavaliers game who scored between 12-24 points also notched at least five assists.
For the second time this week, Anthony Davis recorded a double double where his PR (points plus rebounds) total was at least 37 in a game in which he recorded at least eight stocks (steals plus blocks). LeBron James has done just about all you can ask for in his NBA career, but he has never had a single game like that … not once, let alone twice in one week.